This is quite lengthy but I've basically split it into FAQs which I see new players often ask in the game chat (this is mainly for people who have never played any of the Wargame series before instead of people coming to this from EE and ALB):Q: Is the game hard to learn?
Yes and no. It's easy to learn how to play; it's very hard to learn how to play well
(which in my opinion is where a lot of the fun lies).Q: Is it a bit overwhelming to new players?
It was for me, and I think that can be what puts some people off this game before they've really gotten into it. The huge number of units is quite scary if you've never played any of the Wargame series before (I hadn't). Perseverance is key at the start, but once you get used to the game, you'll find this a joy rather than something to be afraid of.Q: Should I play the tutorials first?
There are actually no playable tutorials in RD. The tutorials are basically just text with instructions on what to do. It is worth giving these a read to start with, but I appreciate that this is likely to be quite boring for some players (although if you really dislike this idea, I'm not sure if this is really the game for you).Do not despair, however
. There are plenty of people who have made Youtube vids to give you instruction not only on the mechanics of the game but also on deck-building (which is important to this game but not something you need to spend tonnes of time on if you don't want to). I can highly recommend ICBMRaptor (I love his tutorials and other Wargame vids, it's worth watching them if you're new since watching someone else play multiplayer games can be a good way of learning), Bubblebox (nice, clear explanantions of stuff), Boltsauce and VulcanHDGaming.Q: What's the community like?
When I first started out and was resorting to the general chat for questions, my experience was pretty good (and I maintain that the community is better than a fair number of other multiplayer games I've played).However
, recently the game has obviously been on sale and it seems that lots of people have picked it up while it's cheap. This has led to quite a few - how can I put this - "not-so-nice/mature" people entering the game and general chat. My mute list has been filling up a bit recently :( (prepare for spam sometimes)
On the upside, two things: 1) you can just close the chat window if you don't want to see this, and 2) a lot of the people who helped me and people who are good players are still around and willing to help out :)Q: What's the gameplay like?
Sometimes intense, sometimes slow-paced. It depends who you're playing against and what your opponent's play style is like. I won't say a lot more than that because it is quite hard to generalise due to the vast amount of unit combos/deck types you can have combined with the different play styles of different people.
However, one thing I will add: beware of spammers and stacked games
. If you enter a lobby and you see 3 people on, say, the BLUFOR team and RED is empty, check their stats immediately. This will help you decide whether these are just 3 friends who want to play together (and maybe aren't that good) or if they're 3 pro players who want to ROFL-stomp some newbies.
Spammers can also be an issue, especially in 10 v 10 or 20 v 20 games. Some players will just chuck tonnes of helos/artillery at you, which can be frustrating if you're not ready for it and they crush you. However, if you and your team are ready for it - and act accordingly (i.e. making sure you deploy enough AA to keep yourselves covered and not taking predictable routes to avoid arty, as well as coordinating) - the boot will be on the other foot when you smash their spam and then utterly wreck them ;)Q: Is the AI any good?
In general, it's fine. Sometimes it will do smart things (i.e. try to flank you, change its attack approach according to what you bring against it, especially if you thwart it once, etc.) but often it will also do some stupid things (e.g. advance infantry across open ground towards tanks).
I would always recommend when starting out that you go into Skirmish mode and play lots of games against the CPU, as this will let you become familiar with the various maps and gameplay. The CPU will punish you if you make mistakes, so this will also teach you some good if basic things to be aware of when playing and basic tactics. Contrary to what some may think, I would NOT recommend immediately jumping into the single-player campaigns
- you will likely just get frustrated unless you learn the game mechanics in Skirmish mode first.
I have spent a lot of hours in this game just playing against the CPU because it is good fun :) if you find it boring by yourself, team up with a friend and go comp-stomping. If you have general chat open, you might see some good players also opening comp-stomp lobbies for games vs the CPU.Q: Does the AI cheat?
Yes. As far as I know, Easy mode AI gets the same number of deployment points as you (you'll learn what these are when you start the game) but it gets a slight bonus to how fast it receives them during a battle. Medium gets more of a bonus to this and gets c. 1,000 extra points to start with (don't quote me on that, I just remember seeing it somewhere), and so on. This might put some people off playing against the CPU.
However, it really isn't that bad for the most part. The CPU, while making mistakes, is sensible and plays well enough that it can be a challenge, even without resorting to spam (which it can do on higher difficulties). It can also be fun sometimes to face off against a vastly superior force than you and be able to defeat them with the right defensive tactics (or offensive if you're particularly good/bold/brave/stupid :P).Q: I hear the naval combat sucks. Is this true?
There are definitely some issues with it. It isn't as varied as land combat, that's for sure. However, saying it "sucks" would be too harsh. Naval combat is fun, especially on maps with mixed land/naval action! Playing against the CPU can prevent issues with spam which may occur when facing players - otherwise I actually enjoy it and don't find it "imbalanced" as some sayQ: Am I good at it?
Hehehehehehehehehhehehehehehehehehe no. Q: Do you care?
THE FOLLOWING TWO QUESTIONS AREN'T SPECIFICALLY FOR THOSE CONSIDERING BUYING THE GAME, BUT QUITE OFTEN APPEAR IN GENERAL CHAT FROM PLAYERS STARTING OUT:Q: I see people in chat using flags/coloured text. How do I do that?http://steamcommunity.com//sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=297173039
There you go ;) (but please don't spam. Don't want my mute list getting any bigger! :P)Q: When I try to join games, it says that I have the "wrong version" (or something similar). Why is that?
Make sure you read the Steam news feed for this game - recently, Eugen (the developers) released a beta version of their latest DLC for this game (coming out officially in January). If you try to access most servers without using beta (unless it is a specific non-beta server), you likely won't be able to join.
Joing is easy, though. Simply right click on the game in your Steam library, select "Properties", then select "Beta" and choose "Opt in" on the right-hand side of the window.If you are any sort of RTS fan, I can highly recommend this game! :) come and join us for some great fun! I hope people found this helpful.